The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democratic field narrows with Inslee exit

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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump at 62 percent disapproval in AP poll | Stronger marks on economy | Inslee drops out of 2020 race | Hickenlooper running for Senate | Warren struggles to win over black voters | McConnell pushes back on Dem talk of killing filibuster | Trump to honor Celtics legend Bob Cousy | Service dogs attend musical

  

IN 2020 NEWS

3 out, 22 remain:

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeOvernight Energy: New Interior rule would limit scientific studies agency can consider | Panel battles over tree-planting bill | Trump to resume coal leases on public lands Andrew Yang ends presidential bid Bloomberg, Steyer focus on climate change in effort to stand out MORE (D) dropped out of the presidential race last night. http://bit.ly/2Nqizho

In Inslee's words: "It's become clear I'm not going to be carrying the ball, I'm not going to be president. So I'm withdrawing tonight from the race." 

Watch Inslee's announcement with MSNBC's Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowTlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech Schiff: Bolton 'refused' to submit affidavit on Trump's involvement in Ukraine controversy Tlaib says mention of Kavanaugh was 'trigger' to walk out of Trump speech MORE: http://bit.ly/2NkTfJv

Would Inslee have qualified for the next debates?: His campaign announced on Monday that he had reached the 130,000 donor threshold to qualify but had not yet reached the polling threshold. He had until Aug. 28 to qualify. https://kiro.tv/2Nqk1Qv

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How Inslee ended his announcement email to supporters: This is poetic. http://bit.ly/2NrXl2r

This I will miss: NBC's Alex Seitz-Wald tweeted, "All the best @TheOnion 2020 stories were on Jay Inslee, imho." Examples: http://bit.ly/2NkRvjr

Did you know that Jay Inslee doodles?: Here are a few of his doodles. I'm a fan of the bear on a surfboard: http://bit.ly/2NnL9Q9

 

WHAT'S NEXT FOR INSLEE:

Via The Associated Press's Rachel La Corte, Jay Inslee will announce he is running for reelection as governor of Washington. http://bit.ly/2NpeE4f 

 

EXPECT A FEW MORE DROPOUTS:

Candidates have until Aug. 28 to qualify for the next debate. 12 candidates have still not qualified. "And if you can't make the debate, it becomes very, very hard to hang on as a credible candidate." https://cnn.it/2Nmp4l0

 

Already in the 2020 dropout club:

Former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperThe Hill's Campaign Report: What to watch for in Nevada Trump seeks to boost vulnerable GOP senator with Colorado rally Nonpartisan election forecaster moves Colorado Senate race to 'leans Democratic' MORE (D), who suspended his presidential campaign last week, announced he is running for Senate. http://bit.ly/2Zbx8fJ

Hickenlooper's reasoning: "I don't think [Republican Colorado Sen.] Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Can Sanders be stopped? GOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman Where do we go from here? Conservation can show the way MORE understands that the games he's playing with Donald Trump and [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives To avoid November catastrophe, Democrats have to KO Sanders MORE are hurting the people of Colorado. We ought to be working together to move this country forward and stop the political nonsense." 

Watch his Senate campaign announcement video: http://bit.ly/2Zbwhf1

  

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IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Approval, schmaroval:
62 percent of Americans disapprove of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE's performance, according to a new Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll. http://bit.ly/2Z4oq2G

His approval: Thirty-six percent approve of Trump. While that is low compared to former President Obama, the AP noted that Trump's approval rating has remained between 32 and 42 percent during his time in office. 

What percent approve of Trump's handling of the economy: 46 percent of Americans. Voters still give Trump stronger marks on the economy than other issues. Trump has been pushing back over talk of an impending recession.

The full poll: http://bit.ly/2Z4piEu

 

TIDBIT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE YESTERDAY:

Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs tweeted, "That sweaty gaggle lasted nearly 40 minutes in almost 90 degree DC heat. One reporter's cellphone auto-shut down due to the hot temperature, midway through Trump's remarks." Yay, August in D.C.! http://bit.ly/2ZayOGm

  

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

It's the climb:

Via The Hill's Amie Parnes, "Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives MORE faces an uphill climb in winning support from African American voters, say Democratic strategists and other political observers." http://bit.ly/2NopS97

How so: Warren has been increasing in the polls but is still struggling to attract support from black voters. 

Meeeanwhile: Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE has dominated among black voters. 

The polls to back it up: http://bit.ly/2NopS97

 

NEW POLL -- BIDEN AND WARREN ARE NIPPING ON TRUMP'S HEELS:
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are tied in Arizona, according to a new OH Predictive Insights poll. http://bit.ly/2Zd15vZ

The numbers: The poll shows Biden leading Trump 45 to 43 percent. Trump leads Warren 44 to 43 percent. Both fall within the margin of error. http://bit.ly/2Zd15vZ

  

IN CONGRESS

McConnell orders matching Team Filibuster T-shirts:

In a New York Times op-ed today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) argues against killing the filibuster. 

Excerpt: "Yes, the Senate's design makes it difficult for one party to enact sweeping legislation on its own. Yes, the filibuster makes policy less likely to seesaw wildly with every election. These are features, not bugs. Our country doesn't need a second House of Representatives with fewer members and longer terms. America needs the Senate to be the Senate."

Read McConnell's full NYT op-ed: https://nyti.ms/2ZavXNI

  

NEWS THIS MORNING

Back in the ring:
Via Reuters, a South Korean official told reporters that the U.S. and North Korea are expected to start denuclearization talks again. "My impression was that North Korea and the United States would carry out dialogue soon, and it would go well," South Korea's deputy national security adviser, Kim Hyun-chong, said without elaborating. https://reut.rs/2Nq8RLC

 

SPEAKING OF SOUTH KOREA:

South Korea is reportedly ending an intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan over trade and diplomacy disputes. http://bit.ly/2NpSzmg

 

NOTABLE TWEETS

Throwback:

 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are out. President Trump is in Washington, D.C. Vice President Pence is in Utah today.

11:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump received an intelligence briefing.

12:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence tours Merit Medical in Utah. http://bit.ly/2Z8Savh

2:05 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leaves Salt Lake City and heads back to Washington, D.C.

4:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Boston Celtics legend Bob Cousy.

5:50 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gets back to Washington, D.C.

  

WHAT TO WATCH

12:30 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence gives remarks in Utah on trade. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2Nodea8

6:30 p.m. EDT: Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanDemocrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA rally' Democrats walk out of Trump's address: 'It's like watching professional wrestling' Trump set to confront his impeachment foes MORE (D-Ohio) and former Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyNevada caucuses open with a few hiccups Lobbying world The Hill's Campaign Report: Four-way sprint to Iowa finish line MORE (D-Md.), who are both running for president, participate in a climate change forum in New Hampshire. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2Z63qbU

  

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Pecan Torte Day.

 

I aspire to perform in front of future service dogs:

Via CNN's Scottie Andrew, service dogs attended a musical as part of their training. 

Aw!: "At the theater, the dogs are expected to sit under the seat or curl up at their handlers' feet while their humans enjoy the show. ... They stayed calm and quiet throughout the performance, but a few curious pups peeked their furry heads over the seats to catch a few minutes of the show." https://cnn.it/2ZaxKSV

 

And because this is adorable, here's a puppy who should be in a video game. Make sure your sound is on: http://bit.ly/2NuykDE